Judges 20:13

Overview - Judges 20
The Levite in a general assembly declares his wrong.
The decree of the assembly.
12 The Benjamites, being cited, make head against the Israelites.
18 The Israelites in two battles lose forty thousand.
26 They destroy by a stratagem all the Benjamites, except six hundred.
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Judges 20:13  (King James Version)
Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel:

2 Samuel 20:21 2 Samuel 20:22

children of Belial
19:22 Deuteronomy 13:13 ; 1 Samuel 30:22 ; 2 Samuel 20:1 ; 23:6 1 Kings 21:13 ; 2 Chronicles 13:7

put away
Deuteronomy 17:7 Deuteronomy 17:12 ; 19:19 21:21 Deuteronomy 22:21 Deuteronomy 22:24 24:7 Ecclesiastes 11:10

would not
1 Samuel 2:25 ; 2 Chronicles 25:16 2 Chronicles 25:20 ; Proverbs 29:1 ; Hosea 9:9 ; 10:9 Romans 1:32 ; Revelation 18:4 Revelation 18:5
The conduct of the Israelites was very equitable in this demand; but perhaps the rulers or elders of Gibeah ought previously to have been applied to, to deliver up the criminals to justice. However, the refusal of the Benjamites, and their protection of those who had committed this horrible wickedness, because they were of their own tribe, prove them to have been deeply corrupted, and (all their advantages considered) as ripe for divine vengeance as the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah had been. Confiding in their own valour and military skill, they seen to have first prepared for battle in this unequal contest with such superior numbers.

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